The battles our veterans face often continue when they come home. We must uphold our responsibility to take care of our veterans when they return. That means making sure they have access to good paying jobs and high-quality healthcare, and that starts with eliminating the back log at the VA so that no veteran has to wait to get the benefits they deserve.
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Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig toured the future route of the Veterans Memorial Greenway in Eagan and Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. This 5-mile, accessible paved route through scenic Dakota County landscapes is expected to feature several memorials that will be designed and built in partnership with veterans’ organizations. It will also connect the surrounding neighborhoods to Lebanon Hills Regional Park and the existing Mississippi River Greenway.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig sent a letter to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie, Jr. asking them to urgently set aside political games and prioritize delivering mail, including prescription drugs to America’s veterans.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig has authored and pushed for improvements in health care and mental health services for veterans. Her efforts were included in today’s passage of the FY2021 appropriations bill containing funding for Military Construction & Veterans Affairs and Department of the Interior.
U.S. Rep. Craig had two critical amendments included in today’s bipartisan passage of the National Defense Administration Act (NDAA). The first is a $30 million increase in support services for active duty Army families. The bill also includes Craig’s bipartisan Seeding Rural Resilience Act, which would increase rural mental health services.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig issued the below statement in recognition of Memorial Day.
“I ask everyone to join me in honoring those who have given their lives in selfless sacrifice to uphold our American ideals and allow us to live with the freedom and opportunity to earn a good life. Today we lovingly honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and their families as we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig joined more than 125 bipartisan Members of Congress in a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Peter Gaynor calling on the administration to ensure National Guard personnel who are serving on the front lines of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response efforts across the nation receive the federal benefits they have earned.
This week, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig pushed to expand mental health services that would benefit more than 35,000 veterans in Minnesota’s Second Congressional District in testimony to the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee.
Today, U.S. Rep. Angie Craig sent a letter to the United States Comptroller General Gene Dodaro urging the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to consider the tragic loss of a veteran’s life near the Minneapolis VA Hospital as it fulfills the requirements of the Support for Suicide Prevention Coordinators Act. This law requires GAO to conduct an assessment of the responsibilities, workload and vacancy rates of Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention coordinators.
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig joined House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41) in sending a letter to the President calling on him to take “take corrective action and bring an end to the suffering of thousands of severely ill veterans exposed to Agent Orange.”
Today, Rep. Angie Craig announced that Minnesota National Guardsman Angelo Farias will join her staff in Burnsville as a Wounded Warrior Fellow, serving as a dedicated resource for helping the district’s veterans. The Wounded Warrior Fellowship Program was established by the U.S. House of Representatives to provide opportunities for wounded or disabled veterans to work in Congress.